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What are the Horizontal Falls?

In the turquoise water of Talbot Bay, the fast moving tidal current squeezes through two narrow gorges of the McLarty Range, pushing the water into rapid like formations that rush through the twin gaps at an astonishing rate, producing waterfalls turned on their side.

The powerful tides in the Kimberley can reach more than 10 metres and the direction of the flow reverses ensuring the water flows two different ways each day.

Located in the Buccaneer Archipelago this unique waterfall is not accessible by vehicle. You can view the Horizontal Falls from the air with a scenic flight on our Half Day or Full Day tours from Broome. Get up close and hold on tight as you take a thrilling boat ride through the rushing water torrents. If you would like to have an extended experience, you may want to join our Derby Overnight Stay or our Horizontal Falls 24 Hour Stay .

This area is part of the Lalang-garram / Horizontal Falls Marine Park, created in 2016 as part of the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy.

What do I need to bring on my trip?

Bathers, towel, sun protection and a camera.

Do I need to bring money?

All food is provided but please bring money if you wish to purchase any merchandise or souvenirs.

Do you cater for special dietary requirements?

Absolutely.  Simply advise us of your requirements prior to your departure so our chefs can arrange the appropriate catering.

Can I do the tour if I am pregnant?

Yes, you can participate in most parts of the tour but we do advise that the boat ride through the Horizontal Falls may not be suitable for women who are more than 26 weeks pregnant. Any women joining our tour whilst in any stage of pregnancy should seek their doctor's approval prior to travel.

Are children welcome on the Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures tours?

Children are welcome on all our tours but for safety reasons, guests have to be four years or older.

Do you offer transfers to and from our accommodation in Broome?

Yes, we do offer complimentary transfers from most major Broome hotels and motels, however, we are unable to pick up from residential or Airbnb properties. 

Are there any age and weight restrictions?

Children must be four years or older. Due to safety requirements on the Horizontal Falls seaplanes, there is a passenger weight limit of 120kgs.

Are there any luggage restrictions on the overnight tours?

As your Horizontal Falls Cruise includes travel by seaplane, we ask that you please be mindful of the weight restrictions on our aircraft.

Please pack as light as possible, as we have a 5kg baggage limit per person.  And please pack your belongings in a soft bag for easy storage.  If you have additional luggage, we do have secure storage facilities at our Horizontal Falls Seaplanes Adventures office in Broome.   We’d appreciate it if you could please advise us the day before your departure if you require excess luggage storage.

Can I do the overnight tour from Broome?

Unfortunately, the luxury overnight tour is only available from Derby.

How long is the flight to Talbot Bay?

The flight from Broome to Talbot Bay takes approximately 1hr 15 minutes, and from Derby, the flight is approximately 40 minutes.

How do I make payment?

We take credit card (Visa or Mastercard) and Direct Debit.  A surcharge of 1% applies for credit card payments.

What are the terms and conditions associated with a booking?

You can access the full Booking Terms & Conditions here.

Do your tours run all year round?

No.  Horizontal Falls is a seasonal attraction, so Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures only operates tours seasonally, and the commencement and conclusion dates are subject to change each year.

Our 2021 season commences on 26th March 2021 and tours operate through to 10th November 2021.

During the season, to ensure that passengers have the best possible experience witnessing the incredible tidal power of the Horizontal Falls, we do not operate on days when there are neap tides. Neap tides are when there is the smallest difference between low and high tides.

Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures will not be operating on the following dates in 2021:

April

Monday 5th
Tuesday 6th
Wednesday 7th
Wednesday 21st
Thursday 22nd
Friday 23rd

May

Wednesday 5th
Thursday 6th
Friday 7th
Thursday 20th
Friday 21st
Saturday 22nd

June

Thursday 3rd
Friday 4th
Saturday 5th
Saturday 19th
Sunday 20th
Monday 21st

July

Sunday 4th
Monday 5th
Sunday 18th
Monday 19th
Tuesday 20th

August

Monday 2nd
Tuesday 3rd
Wednesday 4th
Thursday 5th
Wednesday 18th
Thursday 19th
Friday 20th

September

Wednesday 1st
Thursday 2nd
Friday 3rd
Wednesday 15th
Thursday 16th
Friday 17th
Thursday 30th

October

Friday 1st
Saturday 2nd
Friday 15th
Saturday 16th
Sunday 17th
Friday 29th
Saturday 30th
Sunday 31st

November

Monday 1st

Please contact us to confirm our seasonal dates within each season.

What are marine park fees?

To ensure the conservation and preservation of the Lalang-garram / Horizontal Falls Marine Park, and to provide opportunities for Dambeemangarddee Traditional Owner employment, fees apply to all visitors.

Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures collects fees on behalf of the marine park’s joint management body comprising the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions and the Dambeemangarddee Aboriginal Corporation.

Fees are payable at the time of booking and are as follows:

  • $5.50 per person for day visitors;
  • $17.00 per adult and $7.20 per child (4-12 years inclusive) for overnight stays;
  • $10.50 per passenger older than five (5) years for helicopter or fixed wing scenic flights from the marine park.

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